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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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world-class

2,824 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,824
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 301
Gots: 1,002 | FT: 196
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in third use bourbon barrels (previously bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout).

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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deonreds

New York

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-06-2013 10:16:40 | More by deonreds
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Tonello

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-06-2013 06:01:36 | More by Tonello
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tviz33

New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter-ish kind of glass.

A- Pours a murky dark brownish red body with just a ring of tan foam for a head.

S- The nose is just great. Oak, toffee, molasses, even some dark fruit. A little alcohol is there too.

T- The dark fruits jump out to me immediately. Much different than I expected. Definite alcohol burn in the back of the throat. A bit of hop bitterness may be multiplying this feeling, but I'm not sure. Overall it is quite sweet and oakey and is very molasses-like. Very complex beer.

M- This thing is thick, chewy, and a bit hot.

O- Just a wonderful example of the style. I'm no barleywine fan by any means, but this easily the best one I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:19:27 | More by tviz33
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 05:15:30 | More by imyourhero21
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 04:30:23 | More by oline73
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-06-2013 04:05:14 | More by ldhughes3
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 03:55:52 | More by Ragnarok88
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sliks96

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-06-2013 03:35:25 | More by sliks96
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/5/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There is a notable alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance for a big beer like this. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, very strong kick, slightly filling, good representation of style, this is a very good high-ABV beer to sip on for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 03:04:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Cola brown in color, deep & dark, with a thin khaki head.
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Oak, vanilla, fig, raisin, alcohol esters, caramel cream. Really amazing aroma here.
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Sticky caramel & toffee, sweet vanilla, oak, slight milk chocolate, alcohol heat, dark fruits.
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Heavy dessert style body, slick & wet with lingering finish that sips like a fine spirit.
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Stunning aroma and taste with beautiful balance. The aroma on this beer is a masterpiece. The only flaw I can personally find in this beautifully complex ale is the heaviness of the body. Not all barleywines drink like a dessert, and I think this one could benefit from losing a little bit of body. Overall though, this is world class stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:02:31 | More by hoptualBrew
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 03:02:12 | More by BColton1
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-06-2013 02:57:52 | More by hoppymcgee
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Texas

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-06-2013 02:30:53 | More by mhenson42
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-06-2013 02:30:06 | More by Houser
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 02:27:11 | More by FrankHammer
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ScottStache

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-06-2013 02:18:17 | More by ScottStache
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 02:08:52 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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Beeranator

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-06-2013 02:03:27 | More by Beeranator
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Greywulfken

New York

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep brown, almost black, with just enough light slipping through the edges; brief and slim head of tan foam

S: bourbon wafts and sweet dark fruits, treacle and fig, molasses and plum pudding

T: along with the nose, deep dark boozy fruits, vanilla and bourbon; spices and sugars

M: dense and full, slick and sticky, boozy airs and lingering aftertaste

O: as if this wasn't going to be excellent - very similar to their retired King Henry, and a worthy successor. Don't pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:48:06 | More by Greywulfken
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Kerne

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-06-2013 00:44:05 | More by Kerne
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark mahogany, very little khaki head that disappears quickly.
Smells of hot alcohol, vanilla, oak, red wine
Tastes of vanilla, oak, dark fruits, marshmallow, rich red velvet cake
Mouthfeel is smooth, perfectly carbonated, not as much heat on the palate
Overall one of my favorite beers of 2013. Tons of rich flavor not overpowered by the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:18:27 | More by AdamF625
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-05-2013 23:54:52 | More by BeerWorld
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-05-2013 19:48:45 | More by Mikeypnh
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-05-2013 19:05:13 | More by thaghost
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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